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1981 Paris - Roubaix

79th edition: Sunday, April 12, 1981

Complete results

Paris-Roubaix podium history | 1982 edition | 1980 edition

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The Race:

The 1981 Paris-Rouabix was 263 km long and raced at an average speed of 40.87 km/hr.

There were 174 starters and 57 classified finishers.

The cobbles were a wet, slippery, muddy mess.

Bernard Hinault, wearing his world championship jersey dominated the others most of the race. Six riders came into the Roubaix velodrome and from 400 meters back Hinault wound out his huge 53 x 13 gear.

Marc Demeyer drew close but Hinault surged and then de Vlaeminck came at him, but Hinault could not be beat.

He had finally won on the pavé he called "those swinish cobbles".

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Bernard Hinault racing on the "swinish" muddy cobbles of the 1981 Paris-Roubaix.


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Complete Results:

  1. Bernard Hinault (Renault-Elf) 6hr 26min 7sec.
  2. Roger de Vlaeminck (DAF Trucks) s.t.
  3. Francesco Moser (Famcucine-Campagnolo) s.t.
  4. Guido van Calster (Splendor-Wickes) s.t.
  5. Marc Demeyer (Capri Sonne) s.t.
  6. Hennie Kuiper (DAF Trucks) s.t.
  7. Ferdi Van den Haute (La Redoute) @ 1min 16sec
  8. René Bittinger (Mike-Mercier) s.t.
  9. Jean Chassang (Puch-Wolber) @ 2min 0sec
  10. Fons de Wolf (Vermeer-Thijs) @ 2min 35sec
  11. Frank Hoste (TI-Raleigh) s.t.
  12. Marco Cattaneo (Famcucine-Campagnolo) @ 3min 48sec
  13. Eddy Planckaert (Splendor-Wickes) @ 5min 3sec
  14. Johan Van der Velde (TI-Raleigh) s.t.
  15. Patrick Versluys (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  16. Jean-René Bernaudeau (Peugeot) s.t.
  17. Ludo Delcroix (Capri Sonne) s.t
  18. Alfons Van Katwijk (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  19. Sean Kelly (Splendor-Wickes) s.t.
  20. Daniel Willems (Capri Sonne) s.t.
  21. Willem Peeters (Safir-Ludo) @ 5min 12sec
  22. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Peugeot) @ 5min 13sec
  23. Gregor Braun (Famcucine-Campagnolo) @ 5min 22sec
  24. Jan Jonkers (Boston-Mavic) @ 7min 29sec
  25. Jean-Louis Gauthier (Miko-Mercier) s.t.
  26. Frédéric Vichot (Miko-Mercier) s.t.
  27. Palmiro Masciarelli (Famcucine-Campagnolo) s.t.
  28. Régis Clère (Miko-Mercier) s.t.
  29. Willy Teirlinck (Boston-Mavic) @ 8min 46sec
  30. Ronny Van Holen (Safir-Ludo) s.t.
  31. Dietrich Thurau (Kotter-GBC) s.t.
  32. Maurice Le Guilloux (Renault-Elf) @ 10min 8sec
  33. Paul Sherwen (La Redoute) s.t.
  34. Jacques Bossis (Peugeot) s.t.
  35. Hans Langerijs (DAF Trucks) s.t.
  36. Patrick Perret (Peugeot) s.t.
  37. Pierre Bazzo (La Redoute) @ 10min 35sec
  38. Marcel Van der Slagmolen (Fangio) @ 10min 41sec
  39. Stephen Roche (Peugeot) @ 10min 45sec
  40. Jacques Michaud (Sem-France Loire) s.t.
  41. Daniel Muller (Sem-France Loire) s.t.
  42. Klaus-Peter Thaler (Puch-Wolber) s.t.
  43. Hans Hindelang (Puch-Wolber) s.t.
  44. Patrick Pevenage (DAF Trucks) s.t.
  45. Pierre-Henri Mentheour (Miko-Mercier) @ 11min 17sec
  46. Frits Pirard (Boule d'Or) s.t.
  47. Marcel Tinazzi (Sem-France Loire) s.t.
  48. Graham Jones (Peugeot) s.t.
  49. Bert Oosterbosch (TI-Raleigh) s.t.
  50. Marcel Laurens s.t.
  51. Didier Lebaud @ 18min 2sec
  52. Willy de Geest (Capri Sonne) @ 21min 53sec
  53. Alain Van Hoornweder s.t.
  54. Henry Rinklin s.t.
  55. Jonathan Boyer (Renault-Elf) s.t.
  56. Philippe Tesniere @ 41min 47sec

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